March 31, 2017

Excerpts of jury verdict summaries with recent multi-million verdicts, as summarized in Jury Verdicts & Settlements, include a $127M award to a teenager sexually assaulted by a friend’s father, $35M for a motorcycle collision on the Pacific Coast Highway, and $48M to the family of a new mother who suffered brain damage as a result of medical negligence.

*Ekbatani v. United Independent Taxi Drivers Inc.
2017 WL 1091242 (Cal.Super.)
Verdict date: Jan. 9, 2017     Verdict amount: $35,000,000

According to court records: Plaintiff Amir Ekbatani rode his motorcycle northbound on the Pacific Coast Highway near the intersection of Diamond Street in Redondo Beach, California, July 14, 2012. Defendant Mesfin Kinfu, an employee of defendant United Independent Taxi Drivers Inc., reportedly drove a taxi van southbound on the Pacific Coast Highway. Kinfu reportedly turned left and allegedly collided with Ekbatani’s motorcycle. Ekbatani reportedly suffered injuries. The intersection was allegedly owned, controlled and maintained by defendants State of California and its agency, Caltrans, as well as defendant city of Redondo Beach.

*J.G., Pro Ami v. J.H.
2017 WL 930426 (Iowa Dist.)
Verdict date: Feb. 23, 2017      Verdict amount: $127,000,000

J.G., a 13-year-old girl, reportedly suffered physical injuries and emotional distress after she was sexually assaulted by defendant J.H., a 44-year-old male. J.H. reportedly provided alcohol for an overnight party for his son and friends and allegedly engaged in sexual intercourse with J.G. and performed other sex acts on the minor while she was intoxicated.

*Trabue, an incapacitated individual v. Atlanta Women’s Specialists L.L.C.; Angus, M.D.
2017 WL 1035725 (contextDataGa.State Ct.)
Verdict date: Feb. 22, 2017      Verdict amount: $45,822,677

Shannon Maria Trabue, a 38-year-old obese woman with a history of preeclampsia, elevated blood pressure, shortness of breath, edema, decreased oxygen saturation and right lower lobe wheezing, reportedly suffered a hypoxic brain injury which rendered her permanently and profoundly disabled, with the mentality of a child and in need of constant care, when she suffered a cardiopulmonary arrest three days after giving birth via cesarean section while she was under the care of defendants Atlanta Women’s Specialists L.L.C. and Stanley R. Angus, M.D.

Jean Sica posts on behalf of the Jury Verdicts team and has her colleagues Amy Mohberg and Katie Conlin to thank for these summaries.

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